Tuticorin custodial death case: CB-CID arrests one more policeman, total five

South India

The Crime Branch of Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) made another arrest in the Tuticorin custodial death case on Thursday.


A total of five policemen have been arrested so far in connection to the incident.

As per the report, Inspector Sridhar was arrested by the agency investigating that case of alleged custodial deaths of a father-son duo at a Tamil Nadu police station on Thursday.

The Inspector has been charged under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. 

Previously, the CB-CID arrested 3 more policemen, Sub Inspector Balakrishnan and constables Muthuraj and Murugan. Meanwhile, Sub Inspector Ragu Ganesh, who was under suspension, was arrested on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government had issued an order to transfer the case registered in Kovilpatti East Police Station to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation. 

On Tuesday, the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court heard the case and directed Thoothukudi Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anil Kumar and the CB-CID to take up the investigation.

59-year-old P Jayaraj and his son J Benicks (31), were arrested on June 19 and lodged in Kovilpatti sub-jail for keeping their mobile phone shop open in the Sathankulam main bazaar area during curfew imposed amid coronavirus lockdown. 

Jayaraju and Benicks were then admitted to the Kovilpatti government hospital on June 22. While the son died on the same night, the father breathed his last on June 23 morning.

The families alleged that the duo was severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel. The kin demanded that a murder case be registered against the two sub-inspectors, alleging they were responsible for the death of the two men. They said they had lost both the male members of their family.

The death of the duo had sparked protests across parts of Tamil Nadu with many taking to the streets to demand justice and the incident has even triggered even on social media platforms


With inputs from Agency

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